'''The Linnean Society of London''' is a society dedicated to the study of, and the dissemination of information concerning, natural history
and Taxonomy (biology)|taxonomy
. It possesses several important biological specimen, manuscript and literature collections and publishes academic journal
s and books on plant and animal biology. The society also awards a number of prestigious medals and prizes for achievement.
A product of the Age of Enlightenment|18th century enlightenment
, the society is historically important as the venue for the first public presentation of the Theory of Evolution
The patron of the society is Queen Elizabeth II
. Honorary members include the present monarchs of Japan
, Emperor Akihito
, and Sweden
, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden|Carl XVI Gustaf
, both of whom have active interests in natural history, and the eminent broadcaster, Sir David...